The Spey Valley is the home of Crubenbeg Country House as well as many whisky distilleries, making it the ideal location for a whisky trail throughout the distilleries. In fact, many of the distilleries in the Spey Valley are in close proximity, which means you can sample many of the delights in one single day.
Just six miles down the road from Crubenbeg Country House is Dalwhinnie Distillery which stands in the Cairngorm National Park at the heart of the Scottish Highlands in the village of Dalwhinnie. From this remote but accessible location comes their liquid known as the ‘gentle spirit’. Built in 1897, Dalwhinnie is currently the coldest and highest distillery in the country. Year after year it survives the coldest of conditions to produce smooth, golden heather honey-like spirit. Open all year round, it is a great chance for you to find out all about “The Water of Life”.
Also located nearby, based at Kingussie (only 15 minutes from Crubenbeg Country House), is the Speyside Distillery. The single malt whisky from this picturesque, private distillery situated in Glen Tromie, still relies on time-aged, handcrafting skills for a quality whisky. Visitors can taste the unique expressions of the Speyside Distillery Red Line, Royal Blue and Black whiskies.
Then there is the Speyside’s Malt Whisky Trail which is Scotland's only trail of its kind in the world. Set in the heart of stunning Speyside, famous for its wonderful whisky, this trail takes in seven world-famous working distilleries, home to more than half of Scotland's malt whisky distilleries. The Malt Whisky Trail is the ultimate Scotch experience.
There are many reasons why the Spey Valley was chosen as the ideal location for many distilleries. The crystal-clear spring waters feed the valley as well as having high-quality barley in abundance in the local area. From big name brands to small-batch producers, you can sample the delights and enjoy a tour at many of the distilleries.